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Can I Go Swimming With A Perforated Eardrum
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. Read more
See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ent) as an outpatient. Read more
I been to the doctors 3days ago they told me I had a perforated eardrum and give me tablets, I accenditly got water into it what is going to happen?
Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the ear canal and through the ear drum into the middle ear space can lead to an infection. Read more
Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! Read more
Perferated Eardrums: Perforated eardrums is a common and most often fairly harmless complication of an ear infection. Usually it heals well without complication and without permanent hearing loss. Sometimes the hole in the eardrum does not heal properly and permanent hearing loss can occur which is sometimes surgically correctable. Amoxicillin is one of the more popular antibiotics used to treat and works well. Read more
Yes and no: A hole in the eardrum does cause a conductive hearing loss, but typically once that hole resolves the hearing is restored. Some holes heal on their own, but other ones need to be surgically repaired for them to be fixed. I woud see an ENT to find out your options. And in the meantime try to keep that ear from getting water in it. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it should still be okay as it is used sometimes in ear surgeries if there is bleeding in the ear.
Remember not to use afrin (oxymetazoline) more that a few days as it has the potential to be "addicting". Read more
You can -: You can - but harder to interpret results. Read more
How can I know if my perforated eardrum is healing, not getting worse? (assuming I just want to self-check)
Need a doctor: Need a doctor to look in your ear and check it. It is impossible for you to look in your own ear and you would need you what you were looking for. Read more
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